This weekend, you will get a chance to witness Tabla maestro Zakir Hussain perform with his select students at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA).
Another noted artiste, vocalist Pandit Jasraj, is set to take to the stage on December 14 with his senior student Sanjeev Abhyankar, as part of the NCPA's Aadi Anant Festival of Indian Music.
The festival, now in its fourth year, is celebrating the guru-shishya relationship, with renowned musicians and their students performing either together or individually.
On December 7, Zakir Hussain will perform Masters of Percussion, which will feature Steve Smith, an American drummer, formerly of the popular 1970s rock band Journey.
Also playing will be V Selvaganesh on kanjira and ghatam, Deepak Bhatt on dhol, Vijay Chavan on dholki, Dilshad Khan on sarangi and Niladri Kumar on sitar -- all of whom have been trained either under Zakir Hussain or his father Alla Rakha Khan.
“I played with Ustadji on his US tour a year ago,” said Bhatt. “This performance, which is about two hours long, mixes elements of classical, world and folk music.”
A week later, Pandit Jasraj will perform with his former student Abhyankar. They will be supported by Rattan Mohan Sharma and Ankita Joshi on vocals, Mukund Petkar on harmonium, Ram Kumar Mishra on the tabla and Sridhar Parthasarthy on the mridangam.
Pandit Jasraj and Abhyankar will be presenting traditional khayal compositions as well as rare ragas practiced in the Mewati gharana.
KNOW YOUR FEST
WHAT: Aadi Anant Festival of Indian Music
WHERE: National Centre for the Performing Arts, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point
WHEN: December 7 and December 14, 6.30pm onwards
COST: Tickets prices start at Rs 400. Tickets are available at the NCPA Box office and online, at ncpamumbai.com and bookmyshow.com